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Oedipus the King" and "Poetics"
A discussion on whether Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" co-relates with Aristotle's concept of tragedy in "Poetics".
# 147813 | 1,729 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | IN

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This paper examines how Greek dramatist Sophocles' play "Oedipus the King" correlates strongly to the Aristotelian standard of tragedy, as explained in "Poetics". It discusses how an ideal tragedy consists of a plot, character, thought, diction, melody and spectacle and how the Aristotelian tragic character is one who undergoes a great reversal of fortune because of a tragic flaw (hamartia), a change so poignant that it arouses pity and fear in the spectators and results in 'emotional cleansing' (catharsis).

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From the Paper:

"The plot is the most important feature in an Aristotelian tragedy. The "arrangement of incidents" (presentation) matters more than the story. Aristotle believes that tragedies which have a strong plot are superior to those plays that solely depend on the personality of the character. Aristotelian tragedies should have a plot with specific "beginning, middle and end". In other words, the "unity of action" is significant, which means that the structure of the plot should be self - contained and the incidents bound by a chain of necessity. It should have a magnitude in both qualitative and quantitative manner, that is, when the playwright is able to bind incidents and themes in an organic unity, it increases the artistic value of the play. Rather than simple catastrophe demarking the play, it should have clear peripeteia (reversal of intention) and anagnorisis (recognition). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sophocles. Oedipus the King. The Bedford Introduction to Literature, 5th ed. Ed. Michael Meyer, Boston. Bedford/St. Martin's. 1999.
  • McManus, Barbara. Unity of Action in Oedipus the King. 1999
  • Aristotle. Poetics. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1997

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Oedipus the King" and "Poetics" (2011, July 18) Retrieved August 10, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/oedipus-the-king-and-poetics-147813/

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"Oedipus the King" and "Poetics"" 18 July 2011. Web. 10 August. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/oedipus-the-king-and-poetics-147813/>